The Light Comes On

Every once in a while the light comes on upstairs, and one realizes what a wonderful life one has. Early this morning, right after the sunrise, as I sat on the porch with my wife, I said to her, “I really like my life.” Why is that?

I have a wife who loves me, and has loved me for the last nineteen years. She is not perfect (neither is her husband), but she has been a faithful companion, circumspect confidant, mother to my children, benevolent friend, and constructive critic. I would rather spend time with her than with any one else on earth, and I know far too many husbands that can not confess that about their wives.

I have four children who mean the world to me. My oldest son is married with three children, living in north Texas, doing what he loves to do (coach high school football), and striving to lead his family to grow in the grace of His Lord. I truly look forward to our weekly phone conversations, to catch up on what is going on in his life, and more than anything else, just to hear his voice and share some time with him.

I have a daughter who has been in heaven for over twenty years now. She battled cystic fibrosis for her short eight years here on this earth, but as difficult as those days were, my memories of sharing that time with her are so precious to me. Her trust in God, even in the midst of that terrible illness, was a means that God used to keep me trusting in Him even after she and her mother were killed in that automobile accident so long ago.

My two youngest boys (12 and 14) live in “overdrive,” but they truly are “a heritage from the LORD” to me, as I watch them grow, discover, fall, get up, and learn, each in his own unique way, of the grace of God poured out upon us through Jesus Christ.

I have the privilege of preaching and teaching God’s Word to people who have been changed by God’s grace, and who desire for God to finish the work of sanctification that He has started in all of their lives. Plus, I am a part of a group of elders who desire that God will be glorified through everything done at and through Reformed Presbyterian Church. As the old beer commercial used to say, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” But it does. The Psalmist expresses my thoughts well of what my God has done on my behalf in the 103rd Psalm: 

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!  2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,  3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,  4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,  5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.  7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.  8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.  10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.  11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;  12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.  13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.  14 For he knows our frame;1 he remembers that we are dust.  15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;  16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.  17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,  18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.  19 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.  20 Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!  21 Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!  22 Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

I am a blessed man!


1 Comment

  1. Carly said,

    August 31, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Great post! And what a great scripture excerpt!

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